The purpose of this series is to break down the three principal layers of this traditional method – we have already covered working with ‘thinned’ mixes in ‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – ‘Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart [Series 2] – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils2 and in [Series 4] will be covering ‘glazing’ and ‘tinting’.
LESSON 15 and you join Artist & Author Paul Taggart for the finishing layer and working from the back to the front of the composition, you will return to the top of the painting.
Gently does it in Lesson 15, as you seek to balance the painting for the final time. This is where the magic happens. Now you will be adding the ‘sunny’ touches and re-inforcing reflected lights; you will be adding those splashes of subtle colour that bring the painting to life.
You will be working through yellow and blue lights to the final bright, pure-white highlights, those deep lights that reflect the ambient light – this is what makes working with oil paints such an enriching experience.
In this lesson you will also come to appreciate how colours affect each other. Watch as Paul now scuffs in the purple heather – faint in the distant landscape, yet the effect of purple against the greens and yellows does so much to add depth and character to the background rocky hills and steep inclines.
Then it’s onto the trees that surround the distant cottage, where Paul wishes to introduce more contrast, to again develop greater depth and character. Watch as he brings the dark undergrowth into view, where trunks and branches intertwine and catch flecks of light.
And finally, you may feel that the grassy areas were successfully achieved up to now; but watch what happens as Paul introduces those warm oranges and yellows throughout, exploiting directional brush-strokes as he goes to define those grasses that stand tall and erect from those that are flattened out.
As always, this lesson is filmed in real-time so that you can truly work-along with Paul, so that you don’t miss any of his techniques, hints and tips, or any of his colour mixes created from his nucleus six-colour palette. Listen carefully to Paul’s running commentary for those topical tips that only come from years of experience as a professional fine artist whose passion for his craft is something that he loves to share.
The subject for this composition was chosen for its wealth of varying textures; perfect for a painting in which Paul sets out to demonstrate the role of the impasto layer in the traditional method of working with oils – the rocky outcrop, the trees and undulating land (covered in bracken, grass and so on), the sheep, the stone building in the foreground and the whitewashed building in the background, the cinder path. It is also filled with varying perspectives and vanishing points that draw the viewer’s eye. Contrasting light and shade play a strong part in creating dynamism. Here you have everything with which to practice the art of working with bristle brushes.
‘[Series 4] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils4
‘[Series 4] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques04
‘Painting Equipment Focus for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoilequipment
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils1
‘[Series 1] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques01
‘[Series 2] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils2
‘[Series 2] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques02
‘[Series 3] Learn to Enjoy Painting in Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/artworkshopwithpauloils3
‘[Series 3] Panting Topical Techniques for Oils with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/awwptoiltechniques03
‘[Series 1] Learn to Enjoy Colour Mixing with Paul Taggart’ – https://vimeo.com/ondemand/colourmixingseries1
PLUS various other WORKSHOPS, Out and About with Paul box-sets, Portraits and Figures, Masterclasses – simply use the Search button on the VOD page within artworkshopwithpaul – type in Oils and all will be revealed.